Genesee STEM Academy

Genesee County's First S.T.E.M Certified School

Ms. Wardells Second Grade Class

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Welcome to Ms. Wardell’s second grade class!  I am excited to be a part of your child’s education this year. We will be learning many exciting things, exploring many topics, and creating many projects. Our STEM curriculum will be integrated within all subjects as an all day program.

About Myself:

My name is Heather Wardell and I have been teaching for 10 years. I graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. I minored in Early Childhood Education, Math 6-8, and Science 6-8.  Following graduation, I moved to the Houston, Texas area where I taught third and fourth grade for five years. I then moved back home and taught in Flint, Michigan for the past four years. I have a two children, Alexis (8) and Brandon (6), who I adore and love spending time with. In my spare time I enjoy bowling, taking my children to the park, and watching movies. I am currently attending school to receive my masters in “Mathematics Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Educators” at the University of Michigan-Flint.



ELA: This year we will be focusing on building our foundation skills in phonics and reading comprehension. Students will be expected to master reading and writing skills such as; comparing and contrasting, summarizing, visualizations, elements of a story, writing various types of pieces, and all areas of grammar (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc.). Our ELA curriculum that will be used this year is ConnectED. 

MATH: In math we will be working with place value to the thousands, adding and subtracting (with and without regrouping), counting/adding/subtracting money, telling time, basic multiplication, measurement, and graphs. We will also integrate some third grade skills during our lessons. Students will participate in daily number talks and will be expected to reason their thoughts and processes when coming to a solution. We will be using Envision 2.0 as our math curriculum this year. 

SCIENCE: We will be focusing on landforms, bodies of water, plant and animal habitats/needs, the engineering design process, physical properties of objects,  and states of matter. Our curriculum for science is STEMscopes. STEMscopes is a hands-on, project based curriculum that will involve collaboration, teamwork, and integration with math and reading. 

SOCIAL STUDIES: During social studies we will cover communities, wants and needs, goods and services, getting along with others, the history of our community, how people affect our community, different types of communities, and solving problems in our community. We will be using MAISA-Oakland as a resource for our curriculum. 

OTHER: Some other areas we will be focusing on will include character education and growth mindset. Each month we will focus on an area in character education. We will discuss, read stories, and complete activities/crafts to build a positive classroom community. Some areas we will focus on include; self control, self awareness, responsibility, respect, leadership, kindness, conflict resolution, and fairness; just to name a few. Students who develop a growth mindset are more likely to challenge themselves and their peers, have a deeper respect for learning, and spend more time on their classwork and work harder. This leads to higher achievement.



Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_G_w_1  GIVE RESPECT

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_S_w_1   STAY SAFE

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_T_w_1   THINK COLLABORATIVELY

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_E_w_1    ENCOURAGE EXCELLENCE

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_M_w_1  MAKE RESPONSIBLE CHOICES

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_A_w_1  ADAPT!!   ADAPT!!


2015-2016 Wardell Power Point: This PowerPoint highlights some of our classroom activities we have done throughout the 2015-2016 school year.


Some helpful links that are used in the classroom are listed below. Students will have their passwords written on an index card in the classroom. I will also send home their passwords so they are able to access these sites outside of school.



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Contact Information:

Heather Wardell

School Phone: 810-600-6466


Class Dojo: (note will be sent home with your child with their access code)



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